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Booster programme to be offered in two stages

Booster programme to be offered in two stages

Saturday 14 August 2021

Booster programme to be offered in two stages


The Civil Contingencies Authority has released new details on its covid vaccine booster programme, which is set to start later this year.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation [JCVI] has released interim advice on how to approach a booster programme, with more detail to come in the weeks ahead.

As it stands, stage one will see all adults over the age of 70 offered a booster vaccine, six months or more after their last jab.

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Pictured: The CCA announced the staged booster programme during the latest CCA briefing.

“Some of the details are still being worked out, but this week HSC and some members of the CCA have agreed that those more at risk from covid will receive the booster first,” said the Head of the CCA, Deputy Peter Ferbrache.

He tied in the announcement with an update on the continued use of Beau Sejour as the community covid vaccination centre.

“The booster programme means that the current intention will be to continue to use Beau Sejour as the community vaccination centre until the end of the year,” he said.

It’s unclear yet how long after your second jab you’ll be asked to have a third. "You would want months to have elapsed,” said the Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink.

“You wouldn’t want to give a booster for some months, six months or so.”

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Pictured: “We don’t know what frequency and it’s not guaranteed if we’ll get a fourth booster,” said Dr Brink on the future of the booster programme.

Dr Brink said the future of the booster programme will be debated after the third vaccines are administered.

“We’re in a new situation and it’s an evolving situation - we’ll do a booster programme and it’ll be evaluated after that,” she said.

“The vaccines might get tweaked if further variants present themselves.” 

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